May 01, 2016

May is Celiac Awareness Month

1 in 266: Estimated number of people in the world affected by celiac disease (source)

300,000: Estimated number of Canadians who have diagnosed or undiagnosed celiac disease (source)

300: Number of known symptoms, occurring in the digestive system or other parts of the body (source)

12: Average number of years after the onset of symptoms that adults are diagnosed (source)

46: Average age at which the disease is diagnosed in Canadian adults (source)

6-12: Number of months a strict gluten-free diet needs to be followed before symptoms generally disappear and blood tests are negative (source)

5%: Percentage of people with the disease who do not improve with a gluten-free diet (source)

<20: Number of parts per million of gluten from wheat, rye or barley that Health Canada will allow in oats for them to be considered gluten free (source)

1 in 10: Number of people with celiac disease who have dermatitis herpetiformis, an intensely burning and itchy skin rash (source)

3%-5%: Percentage of people with celiac disease who have an IgA deficiency (source)

10%: Risk of developing celiac disease for first-degree relatives of those with this condition (source)

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